Avalanche Victims Identified
STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) - One of the three skiers who died in an avalanche yesterday in Washington state is identified as a judge of competitive free-skiing.
The Seattle Times says Jim Jack was one of about a dozen expert skiers who were on backcountry slopes near a popular ski resort when the avalanche hit.
The newspaper says the director of marketing for the resort, Chris Rudolph, was also killed. The third victim hasn't been identified.
A fourth skier was also swept down the mountain about 80 miles northeast of Seattle, but she survived because she was wearing an avalanche-safety airbag that she deployed while buried up to her head in snow.
The three men who died were swept about a quarter-mile down a canyon.
The fatalities at Stevens Pass were part of a deadly Sunday on Washington ski slopes. A male snowboarder was killed in a separate avalanche at another ski area east of Seattle.
Experts have said the risk of additional slides in the region could remain high all season, due in part to a weak base layer of snow caused by a dry winter.
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